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15. Perl

Chapter 15. Perl

Perl fans call it the “Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister” and the “Swiss-Army Chainsaw”, flaunting the motto, “There’s More Than One Way to Do It!” Creator Larry Wall sometimes describes it as a kind of glue language, originally intended as a sweet spot between the Unix shell and C to help people get things done. It incorporates linguistic principles and design decisions from Unix (and sports perhaps the largest repository of libraries of any language in the CPAN). Many programmers anxiously await the long-developed revision of Perl 6, a language designed to last at least 20 years.


  

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